A couple years ago I wrote a Thought of the Day, which eventually came to be called the TOD, and I’ve been feeling led to begin writing them again, so here goes!
This morning, as I reflect on the events of the last few days, I am not sure whether to feel overwhelmed, tired, renewed, sad or happy. To be completely honest, I am feeling every one of those feelings and emotions as I type this. I have been on the road a LOT over the last 5 months, and the truth is, I really cannot complain because one of my goals has been to travel and speak. And guess what? I’ve been doing that. (Maybe I need to learn how to schedule better. But we’ll save that for another TOD).
Yesterday I had the privilege of celebrating the life of a man that has left a tremendous legacy, not only for his kids and grandchildren, but for those of us that spent any amount of time with him. When the pastor read the eulogy for Millard Adams, I couldn’t help but to think about my own life and what would be read at my funeral some day. I listened intently to every word, and a couple of messages rang very loudly for me; first, Millard loved God first and foremost. Nothing could shake his faith, not even losing his youngest son Jeff, one of my best friends from high school, in 2007. Second, Millard loved his family and would make whatever sacrifices necessary for them. He stepped in for Jeff’s kids many times, attending recitals and ball games. And last, but certainly not least, he found ways to serve others.
As you can probably tell, Millard Adams and his family have had a tremendous impact on my life, and I am forever grateful to God for putting them there. I want to shift topics for a second though and focus on you.
What would others say about you? Are you so busy living your life, that when the opportunity arises to serve others, you are unavailable or lack the energy or resources? Maybe, you’re just a little selfish and the thought of serving others cuts into your schedule too much.
I want to encourage you today to think about what you’d want read at your funeral. What is the legacy that you want to leave? Take a second to examine your life. If it does not reflect that legacy, maybe its time to make some drastic changes while you still have the opportunity. Don’t wait!
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of others.” Philippians 2:3-4